The IACUC Chair's Perspective on Enhancing Protocol Review While Decreasing Regulatory Burden

Tuesday, March 20
11:15 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: Union CD

Protocol review is a primary responsibility for IACUCs and can also be an area of concern to the regulatory and accrediting bodies. This session will focus on how IACUC chairs can provide the leadership necessary and train individual IACUC members to improve this process. Speakers will focus on the methodologies allowed by regulatory bodies, special considerations for protocol review, and the use of tools such as formularies and standard operating procedures (SOPs) to enhance protocol review. During this session, speakers and attendees will:

George F. Babcock, PhD

Professor; IACUC Chair, Department of Surgery; Deputy Director of Research, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

George Babcock, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Chair of IACUC at the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and Deputy Director of Research at Shriners Hospitals for Children. The UC IACUC is responsible for the animals at the three main campuses and two branch campuses, plus at the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Cincinnati. In the role of IACUC chair, he reports to the associate vice president for Research Integrity, who serves as the IO. Additionally, he represents the IACUC on the institutional biosafety committee and interfaces with the Radiation Safety Department, the Human Health and Safety Department, and the Office of Research Compliance and Regulatory Affairs on issues relating to animals and animal workers. Dr. Babcock has a background in immunology and obtained his PhD and postdoctoral training in this area from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, respectively. He currently performs research in the area of trauma/sepsis, wound healing, and toxicology as it relates to the immune system and also directs the flow cytometry core facility. He has served on NIH and DOD study sections and is currently the chair of the Military Infectious Diseases Research Program (MIDRP) study section.


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Robert Wayne Barbee, PhD

Professor, Physiology, IACUC Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University

R. Wayne Barbee, PhD, is a Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, School of Medicine, and Chair of the IACUC at the Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Barbee holds a master’s and doctorate degree in physiology with over four decades of research involving a wide variety of animals (bats, cats, crabs, dogs, rabbits, rodents and swine) in a number of experimental settings. His research has focused primarily on circulatory shock and resuscitation, using acute and survival animal models to explore hemodynamics and oxygen transport. He has been associated with IACUCs at small and medium-size institutions for approximately three decades and is familiar with the oversight of animal care and use programs. He has served on study sections for the AHA, DOD and NIH. Dr. Barbee served as an Oxford, UK 2006 fellow (recipient, VCU Harris-Manchester Award) where he examined policies, training, and security issues related to animal care and use within the UK. He also served on the National Academies Committee to Update the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (2008-2010), and currently serves as an ICARE faculty and ad hoc specialist to AAALAC International.


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